Feeding Goats: What You Need to Know About Forages and Winter
Goats are ruminant animals who eat plants and digest them through a four-compartment stomach. They are more like deer regarding nutrition, than they are to sheep or cattle, which eat a lot of grass.
Goats are well-known for their ability to forage on anything from fresh grass to woody shrubs. They are browsers versus grazers (for example, cattle, sheep, and horses are grazing species). For this reason, they are excellent at clearing rough, overgrown land.
Forage is the main source of nutrients for goats apart from their range. It’s what they eat in the winter when they don’t have access to grazing ground. Forage can be a grass, or a legume such as alfalfa.